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Part 1


Scope and Content

From the Collection: Part I: The papers of Downriver NOW reflect the ideology and activities of feminists in the Downriver area and the United States.

Important subjects covered in the collection are: Abortion Displaced Homemakers Education Employment Health

Among the important correspondents are: Hon. John Dingell Louise Heck-Rabi Carl Levin Loretta Moore Hon. Jeffrey Padden

Series Description: Series I. General Files, 1973-83, Boxes 1-2: Agendas, board meeting minutes, budgets, by-laws, correspondences, and other materials relating to the Downriver NOW chapter.

Series II. Activities, 1970-84, Boxes 2-25, 1 scrapbook:

Subseries A: Local and Michigan, 1970-1984, Boxes 2-25: Clippings, correspondence, mailings and speeches of the political and social activities of the chapter.

Subseries B: Regional, 1976-1980, Box 25: Agenda, pamphlets and speeches from regional conferences.

Series III. National NOW Activities, 1971-82, Boxes 26-28: Conferences and publications of the National Organization for Women.

Series IV. General Files, 1974-87, Box 29: Agenda, board meeting minutes, by-laws, resolutions, fund-raising, publicity and press releases, correspondence and other items relating to Downriver NOW.

Series V. Activities, 1972-88, Boxes 30-35:

Subseries A: Local and Michigan, 1979-88, Boxes 30-34: Clippings, correspondence, mailings, and newsletters of the political and social activities and interests of the chapter.

Subseries B: Local NOW Chapters, 1972-1987, Box 35: Mailings from various Michigan NOW chapters.

Subseries C: Regional, 1976-87, Box 35: Mailings, lists, reports and conference materials relating to the Great Lakes and Michigan Conference.

Series VI. National NOW Activities, 1977-87, Box 36: Correspondence, mailings, Board Meeting minutes, and by-laws of the National Organization for Women.

Series VII. Published Materials, 1974-76, 1987, Boxes 37-38: Newsletters, brochures, and pamphlets covering various topics such as health, education, finances, and equality.
From the Collection: Part II: This collection was assembled by Louise Heck-Rabi, the chapter’s librarian and archivist. Included are chapter meeting minutes, publicity and press releases, newsletters, correspondence and mailings, as well as Michigan and National NOW mailings and programs. Also included are newspaper and magazine clippings relative to the women’s movement, resources for members and local women, research done by the group and programs they hosted or participated in.

Important Subjects: Abortion Abused Women Child Abuse Divorce Education Equal Rights Amendment Feminism Feminist Majority Memorial Convalescent Fund (MCF) Reproductive Rights Sexual Assault Women’s Rights Important Individuals: Connell, Lisa Dingell, John Dobronski, Agnes Hall, Catalina Hasserodt, Margarete Hayes, Marie Heck-Rabi, Louise Hunter, Lyna Klotzek, Ute Moore, Loretta Nesbitt, Anna Robinson, Anke Welsh, Marvic Wilson, Virginia Wimpy, Sharon

Series Description: Series VIII: Administration: Minutes, Correspondence, Publicity, Press Releases (Box 39)

Series IX: Activities: Programs, Mailings, Publications, Newspaper Clippings, Research (Boxes 39-45)


  • 1971 - 1994

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 27 Linear Feet (38 MB, 7 SB, 1 OS)

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA